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T-Bone - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

T-Bone - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Distance: 3.8 miles

TRAIL SUMMARY

Since hikers can access both ends of the T-bone trail, there are 2 starting points.  The official Trailhead starts from Old Dump Rd and heads to the Pioneer Park area where there is another point of access.  Overall, the trail is 3.8 miles round trip and is decently marked.  From the Trailhead, the path descends about 90 feet then banks left.  It then turns right and becomes a straight shot all the way to the Pioneer Park area.  The dirt path is sandy and is full of small hills with no shade.  Because hikers are constantly walking up and down, T-Bone is rated as a moderate hike.  Towards the Pioneer Park area, the trail has a connection point with the Pioneer Hills trail.  Numerous flowers and wildlife, especially desert tortoises, are found along the trial.  T-Bone is a great trail for walking dogs or for a quick walk.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

3.8 miles

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

3.9 Miles (7 mins driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes, on 6 ft leash

BIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

Yes

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back, Shuttle

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Spring, Fall, Winter

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Morning, Evening

GROUP LIMIT

No Limit

PERMIT INFORMATION

No Permit Required

COST

No Cost

WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE

No Water Sources Available

CAMP SITES

No Camping Available on Trail

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Single Track, Dirt Double Track, Sandy, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Directions to Trailhead:  From St George, head north on S 700 E toward E 600 S.  Turn right onto St George Blvd.  At the intersection, turn left onto N 1000 E then turn right onto E Red Hills Pkwy at the light.  After 0.9 miles, turn left onto Cottonwood Springs Rd.  Continue straight for as road turns into Old Dump Rd and the Trailhead with parking will be on the left after 1 mile.

FLORA AND FAUNA

Plants: Typical plant life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Animals: Typical animal life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.

TRAIL REPORT

Because there is no shade, T-Bone is a hike for the morning/evening.  For a stretch after the initial descent, the trail is poorly marked.  The path is noticeable but be sure to turn left then right.  The sand can make going over the hills difficult but there is a small view of the the Dixie D and St George.  Be sure to bring plenty of water.  Keep an eye out for ravines, lizards and tortoises.  Overall, T-Bone is a great trail for walking dogs and enjoying nature right outside St George.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Spencer McMullin

Spencer McMullin is originally from Connecticut but has deep ties to the Southern Utah area.  His passion for adventure and photography has lead him to HikeStGeorge.

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